Teatralność jako medium

Samuel Weber, Teatralność jako medium, [Theatricality as Medium] Jagiellonian University Press, Krakow 2009

Ever since Plato Western conceptions of theatre required the medium of staged performance to be subordinated to the narrative function of theatre. In his highly readable and thought-provoking book Samuel Weber tracks the changeable relationship among theatre, ethics and philosophy, analyzing alternatives to dominant assumptions about theatrical narrative. In his readings of Plato, Aristotle, Sophocles, Shakespeare, Kierkegaard, Freud, Benjamin, Artaud and many others, Weber scrutinizes texts that resist such a subordination and introduce theatricality as an independent medium.

Weber's interpretations open up the field for a discussion of the relation of theatricality to the rise of electronic media. He proves that the new media are far from breaking with characteristics of live staged performance, and increase ambivalences of place and identity that have been at play in theatre since ancient Greeks.

Samuel Weber is a comparative literature professor at Northwestern University in the U.S. and the director of its overseas program (Northwestern's Paris Program in Critical Theory). In the 1980s he worked in German opera houses and theatres as a dramaturge. He is the author of numerous works such as: The Legend of Freud, Institution and Interpretation, Mass Mediauras: Form, Technics, Media, Targets of Opportunity: On the Militarization of Thinking.

 

The book was published in October 2009

 

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